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CU's Heilman to sign autobiographies Jan. 26, 2009 at bookstore

Trustee's new book is "An Interruption that Lasted a Lifetime"

By Joan C. McKinney, CU news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, KY - Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, a 1949 graduate ofCampbellsville University who serves on the university's Board ofTrustees, will autograph his book, "An Interruption That Lasted a Lifetime: My First Eighty Years," from 1:00 until 3:00pmET Monday,January 26, 2009, at Barnes & Noble College Booksellers in thebuilding named in his honor, the E. Bruce Heilman StudentComplex.

Heilman, who at 82, completed a cross-country motorcycle drive lastyear, serves as chancellor at the University of Richmond, where hepreviously served as president."We are so honored to have Dr. Heilman hold this book signing at ourbookstore," said Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of CampbellsvilleUniversity. "Dr. Heilman, and his wife, the former Betty Dobbins, whograduated in 1948, are two of our most distinguished graduates whohave given so much of their time and resources to CampbellsvilleUniversity.

"We are so pleased to be able to sponsor this signing of theremarkable book that traces Dr. Heilman's life from his early Kentuckychildhood, his teenage years as a United States Marine, and his lateryears in higher education.

"We encourage everyone to come meet this man who has contributed somuch to society and to Campbellsville University inparticular."

Military service played a pivotal role in launching Heilman'sdistinguished career in higher education administration, according toa press release about his book.

The "poignant" memoir is divided into four sections that detail keyperiods in Heilman's life. The first, "Formation," begins with hisbirth in Smithfield, Ky., in 1926. His childhood, a lot of which wasspent in LaGrange, Ky., provided him with a solid foundation uponwhich he built his life - a life that he thought would always be livedon the family dairy farm. As the years of war accelerated, thoseassumptions would change.

The portion of the book, titled "Transformations," discusses Heilman'sservice in the Marine Corps in combat in Okinawa and in post-warJapan. His memories, set in the historical context of letters he wroteto his mother, provide the story of not only how Heilman wastransformed into a man with limitless possibilities, but also thestory of how a great generation, now dwindling in numbers, was changedforever through combat and service.

Heilman progressed through obtaining his doctorate, raising a familyof six and embarking on an impressive career in higher education andthese years are highlighted in "Reclamation." The final section of thebook is an insightful look at the crucial role played by highereducation leaders as told through the eyes of a man whose career inacademia is well-marked with achievement.

With more than 50 years in higher education, Heilman has served as thepresident of a college and a major university and currently is auniversity chancellor.

The book, "An Interruption that Lasted a Lifetime: My First EightyYears," reveals an "engaging story of one man's extraordinary lifepath, as well as the story of a generation who bravely sufferedthrough a worldwide conflict and emerged to build the America oftoday," the release says.

Heilman has served as chancellor at the University of Richmond since1998 and was her president and chief executive officer for roughly 17years prior to his current appointment.

After serving in the Marine Corps during World War II, Heilman earnedhis undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees from VanderbiltUniversity with majors in business administration and higher educationadministration.

He has taught at numerous institutions around the country and also waspresident of Meredith College for five years.

Among other honors, he was selected as one of the "100 Most EffectiveCollege and University Presidents in the USA" and was named as one ofthe "Richmond Area's Most Influential People" in 1984 and1986.

Heilman has traveled in 145 countries, and he and his wife arehosting, along with CU President and Mrs. Michael V. Carter, anAlaskan cruise for CU alumni and friends July 25-Aug. 2. Before thatcruise, he will be leading an 11-day sightseeing experience inSouthern Africa. That trip will be July 1-11.

The hardcover book is available at CU's bookstore for $39.99.AuthorHouse is the publisher.

For information on the book signing and cruises, contact the Office ofDevelopment at Campbellsville University or (270) 789-5211 or (800)264-6014.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institutionlocated in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, CampbellsvilleUniversity is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and hasan enrollment of 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report's2009 "America's Best Colleges," CU is ranked 22nd in "BestBaccalaureate Colleges" in the South for the second consecutive year.CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report.The university has also been named to America's Best ChristianColleges(R). Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwestof Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr.Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president. Dr. E. Bruce Heilman, a 1949 graduate of Campbellsville Universitywho serves on the university's Board of Trustees, will autograph hisbook, "An Interruption that Lasted a Lifetime: My First Eighty Years,"from 1:00 until 3:00pmCT Monday, January 26, 2009, at Barnes & NobleCollege Booksellers in the building named in his honor, the E. BruceHeilman Student Complex. For information on the book signing andcruises, contact the Office of Development at CampbellsvilleUniversity at or (270) 789-5211 or(800) 264-6014

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2009-01-20 - CU Bookstore, Campbellsville University, Campbellsville, KY - Photo CU Photo.
Dr. E. BRUCE HEILMAN will be Campbellsville University from 1:00 to3:00pmET, Monday, January 26, 2009, to autograph his new autobiography: "An Interruption that Lasted a Lifetime: My First Eighty Years."

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